Astronomy Day Award Winners

For 1980 and 1981, Edmond Scientific was the sponsor of the awards.

1980

Winner

  • Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association, Grand Rapids MI

1981

Winner

  • The Sir Isaac Newton Astronomical Society, Kane PA

Between 1982 and 1988 the awards were discontinued. In 1989, the Astronomical League reinstituted the awards with Sky & Telescope as sponsor.

1989

Winner

  • Northwest Suburban Astronomers, Barrington IL

Honorable Mention

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Bay’s Mountain Amateur Astronomers, Kingsport TN
  • The Wilderness Center Astronomy Club, Massillon OH
  • American Samoa Astronomical Society, Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • Penn State Astronomy Club, State College PA

1990

Winner

  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Toronto Centre, Toronto CANADA

Honorable Mention

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Mountain Skies Astronomical Society, Lake Arrowhead CA 
  • Northwest Suburban Astronomers
  • The Wilderness Center Astronomy Club
  • Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society

​1991

Winner

  • Buffalo State Astronomical Society, Buffalo NY

Honorable Mention

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Mountain Skies Astronomical Society, Lake Arrowhead CA

1992

Winner

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston MA

Honorable Mention

  • Spokane Astronomical Society
  • United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey/amateur Astronomers, Inc

1993

Winner

  • Sonoma County Astronomical Society, Santa Rosa CA

Honorable Mention

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Sonoma County Astronomical Society, Santa Rosa CA 
  • Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill NC
  • Saguaro Astronomy Club, Phoenix AZ

1994

Winner

  • Astronomy in Montclair, Montclair NJ

Honorable Mention

  •  Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society, Rocklin CA Castro Valley, CA
  • Sonoma County Astronomical Society, Santa Rosa CA
  • The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Toronto Centre 
  • Greenbelt Astronomy Club, MD
  • McLeannan County Astronomy Club, Lorenz TX

1995

Winner

  • The Local Group, Clarita Valley CA

Honorable Mention

  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland OR
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Sheboygan Astronomical Society, Sheboygan WI
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center/Amarillo Astronomy Club
  • Berks County Amateur Astronomical Society, Kutztown PA
  • Zavala Magnet School, Odessa TX
  • Northern Cross Science Foundation, Port Washington WI
  • Ancient City Astronomy Club, Palm Coast FL

​1996

Winner

  • Ventura County Astronomical Society, Simi Valley CA

Honorable Mention

  • Ancient City Astronomy Club, Palm Coast FL
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • The Louisville Astronomical Society
  • The Newark Museum
  • West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center/Amarillo Astronomy Club
  • Sheboygan Astronomical Society, Sheboygan WI

​1997

Winner

  • The Oglethorpe Astronomical Association, Savannah GA

Honorable Mention

  • Chester County Astronomical Society
  • Neville Public Museum Astronomy Society
  • Ancient City Astronomy Club, Palm Coast FL
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland OR​
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Sirius Astronomy Society, ALGERIA
  • Sheboygan Astronomical Society, Sheboygan WI
  • Ventura County Astronomical Society, Semi Valley CA
  •  Pontchartrain Astronomy Society, Westwego LA
  • EMDSO, Washington Missouri

​​1998

Winner

  • Sheboygan Astronomical Society, Sheboygan WI

Honorable Mention

  • Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society
  • Ancient City Astronomy Club
  • Oglethorpe Astronomical Association
  • Silver Lake Regional High School
  • Northwest Wisconsin Stargazers
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Central Valley Astronomers

1999

 

Winner

  • Puerto Rico Astronomy Society, San Juan, PR

Honorable Mention

  • Chester County Astronomical Society
  • Neville Public Museum Astronomy Society
  • Ancient City Astronomy Club
  • Oglethorpe Astronomical Association
  • Albuquerque Astronomical Society
  • Silver Lake Regional High School
  • Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society
  • Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science

​2000

Winner

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science
  • Oglethorpe Astronomical Association

​Honorable Mention

  • Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society
  • Neville Public Museum Astronomical Society
  • Escambia Amateur Astronomers’ Association
  • Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers

In 2001 the award structure was changed to include 3 new award categories (in addition to the winning organization). There were: Best New Idea, Best for Size and Quality Events Year After Year.​

2001

Winner

  • Sudekum Planetarium at the Cumberland Science Museum

Best New Idea

  • Alachua Astronomy Club (Solar System hay ride, Planet putt-putt)

Most for Its Size

  • Stonebelt Stargazers
  • Junior Engineering Technical Society of Freeport High School

​Quality Events Year after Year

  • Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Boston Museum of Science

Honorable Mention

  • Northeast Wisconsin Stargazes
  • Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society
  • Oglethorpe Astronomical Association

2002

Winner

  • Hilo Astronomy Club

Best New Idea

  • Back Bay Amateur Astronomers (Lunar phase on the day you were born)​
  • Buhl Planetarium & Observatory (collaboration with Pittsburgh Symphony)

Most for Its Size

  • Sangamon Astronomical Society
  • Statesboro Astronomy Club

​​Quality Events Year after Year

  • Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society
  • The Oglethorpe Astronomical Association

Honorable Mention

  • Sudekum Planetarium
  • Ottawa Valley Astronomy & Observers Group
  • Museum Astronomical Resource Society

​2003

Winner

  • The Oglethorpe Astronomical Association

Best New Idea

  • Durham Region Astronomical Association (letting the public pose for pictures beside large telescope)
  • Cassiopeia Saarlouis e.V. (Hosting at a hotel with live Jazz and a buffet to accompany observing)
  • Raleigh Astronomy Club & North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Kids activity-calculating age on other planets)
  • Ottawa Valley Astronomy & Observers Group (Souvenir print out of live CCD sky observing)

Most for Its Size

  • AstroDay Institute

Quality Events Year after Year

  • Sudekum Planetarium
  • Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society

Honorable Mention

  • Prince Sultan University
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • Long Island Children’s Museum
  • Long Island Museum of Science and Technology
  • Long Island Space Society
  • Amateur Observers of NY
  • Woodland Middle School
  • Weber Middle School

2004

Winner

  • Georgia Southern Planetarium/Statesboro Astronomy Club

Best New Idea

  • Iranian Astronomy Society-Amateur Branch/Farzanegan High School (people centered ecliptic & ages on other planets)
  • The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science (simultaneous star parties located within 6 miles of any city resident)
  • Adventure Science Center/Sudekum Planetarium (involving Sister City)

​Most for Its Size

  • Flint River Astronomy Club

Quality Events Year after Year

  • AstroDay Institute

Honorable Mention

  • The Oglethorpe Astronomical Association
  • Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit
  • The Local Group of Santa Clarita Valley 
  • Prescott Astronomy Club
  • The Harmony Institute
  • Cassiopeia Saarlouis e.V.
  • Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
  • York College of Pennsylvania

​2005

Winner

  • Long Island Museum of Science & Technology (LIMSAT): Idea and Prototype Nassau County Firefighter's Museum and Education Center: Elaboration and Execution Cradle of Aviation Museum: Host and 2005 Team Leader (and best new idea-involving firefighters-space spin offs)

Best New Idea

  • Cradle of Aviation Museum, host; Long Island Museum of Science & Technology,idea & Nassau County Firefighter's Museum and Education Center, execution  (involving firefighters-space spin offs)​
  • AstroDay Institute (AstroDay Excellence in Teaching Award)

​Most for Its Size

  • Cumberland Astronomical Society
  • Tri County Astronomers  (Junior Engineering Technical Society of Freeport High School)

​​Honorable Mention

  • Cuyahoga Astronomical Association
  • The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science
  • Starlight Observers League
  • Salt Lake Astronomical Society
  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada-Niagara Centre
  • Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
  • The Clay Center for Science and Technology

2006

Winner

  • The Iranian Astronomical Society

Best New Idea

  • AstroDay Institute (using IR camera for mementos and spectra education)

Best for Its Size

  • Norman North High School Astronomy Club

Honorable Mention

  • The Irish Astronomical Society
  • The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
  • Salt Lake Astronomical Society/Clark Planetarium/University of Utah/Harmons
  • Black Hawk Astronomy Club
  • Planetarium Science Center (Alexandria, EGYPT)
  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society
  • Tri-City Astronomy Club
  • The Oglethorpe Astronomical Association
  • Cuyahoga Astronomical Association
  • Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society

2007

Winner

  • AstroDay Institute

Best New Idea

  • Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies

Best for Its Size

  • Oglethorpe Astronomical Association

Quality Events Year after Year

  • Astronomical Society of Iran, Amateur Committee

Honorable Mention

  • Hamilton Amateur Astronomers
  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society
  • Norman North Astronomy Classes & Club
  • Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers​
  • Palmquist Road Observatory
  • The Amateur Astronomers Association of Vadodara
  • Tri-County Astronomers
  • Warren Rupp Observatory and Astronomy for Youth

​​2008

Astronomy Day Award (two winners)

  • "The Houston collaborative"
    • Astronomical Society of South East Texas (Beaumont,TX)
    • Fort Bend Astronomy Club (Sugarland, TX)
    • George Observatory ( Brazos Bend State Park, TX)
    • Houston Astronomical Society (Houston, TX)
    • Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (Clear Lake, TX)
    • North Houston Astronomy Club (Kingwood, TX)
  • Local Group Astronomy Club of the Santa Clarita Valley

In 2009 the award categories were changed. The main award was divided up into 3 separate awards based on the population of the area the events were held in.  The ‘Most for Size” category was discontinued. The cosponsors of the award were Sky & Telescope, the American Astronomical Society and the Astronomical League.​

2009

Winner: Best Event in Population Category:

  • AstroDay Institute (large)
  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (medium)
  • Clay Center for Science and Technology (small)

Best New Idea

  • Des Moines Astronomical Society (student art contest)

Honorable Mention

  • Lemon Bay High School Astronomy Club
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Texas Astronomical Society

2010

Winner

  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society

2011

Winner:  Best Event in Population Category

  • Lakhota Nature Club, Gujarat, INDIA (large)
  • Popular Astronomy Club (medium)

Best New Idea

  • Popular Astronomy Club

Quality Events Year after Year

  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society

2012

Winner: Best Event in Population Category:

  • South Shore Astronomical Society and Scituate Public Library (large)
  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (medium)
  • Northwest Suburban Astronomers (small)

Quality Events Year after Year

  • Popular Astronomy Club

2013

Winner: Best Event in Population Category:

  • Clay Center for Science & Technology (large)
  • ]Popular Astronomy Club - Quad Cities (medium)
  • Travelers Science Dome Planetarium (small)

Best New Idea

  • Travelers Science Dome Planetarium (Involving PBS and hosting Curious George)

Quality Events Year After Year

  • The Oglethorpe Astronomical Association
  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society

2014

Winner: Best Event in Population Category:

  • Kalamazoo Astronomical Society (medium)
  • Travelers Science Dome Planetarium (small)